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Poland Community Briefs



Published: Fri, July 4, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

First Night Youngstown seeking artists

First Night Youngstown is calling for local and regional artists to participate in the annual design competition of its New Year’s Eve events admission button. The winning artist will be awarded $50 and be invited and promoted at all press events. The artist will also be a celebrity guest in the Christmas holiday parade and tree lighting event as well as the opening ceremony on Dec. 31. The winner’s immediate family will receive free admission to the First Night Youngstown New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. The button series is intended to celebrate downtown Youngstown’s unique and historic buildings and architecture. The winning design, to be featured on the First Night Youngstown 2015 button and all promotional materials, is the third in an ongoing series that is donated each year to the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center. This year’s design will depict the YWCA of Youngstown, located at 25 W. Rayen Ave. on the southeast corner of West Rayen and Phelps streets just south of the YSU campus. Button designs may be created using any art medium including photography, drawing, painting, collage, mixed or digital media, etc. The design must depict the exterior of the YWCA building in a manner that highlights its unique architectural elements. A night scene that includes fireworks or other elements that represent New Year’s Eve is preferred, but no champagne glasses; First Night events are non-alcohol and family oriented. The design must include the phrase “First Night Youngstown 2015” and be a rectangular shape, horizontal or vertical. The artwork must be proportioned to a final reduction size of 2 x 3 inches. An entry form, to be submitted by July 31, with the artwork on CD, is available on the FNY website www.firstnightyoungstownoh.com. Send the form with CD to First Night Youngstown, 25 E. Boardman St., Suite 405, Youngstown, OH 44503. The purchase of an admission button provides entry to all the First Night events scheduled for New Year’s Eve in downtown Youngstown. Proceeds from the sale of the buttons help to compensate participating performers.

Valley Legacy Awards seeks nominations

The Valley Legacy Awards, recognizing outstanding seniors and senior advocates from Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties, is now accepting nominations for honorees for the 10th annual Valley Legacy Awards. The Valley Legacy awards honor people aged 60-years of age or older who deserve recognition for a lifetime of working to improve the Mahoning Valley, as well as to individuals who have provided exceptional support to and for older Americans through their professional, volunteer, or civic roles. Any individual or group can submit a nomination in either of two categories: Outstanding Senior and Outstanding Advocate for Seniors. Nominations must be postmarked by July 31. All nominees and the award recipients will be honored at the 10th Annual Valley Legacy Awards Luncheon Oct. 2. Nomination forms are available through the Shepherd of the Valley website at www.ShepherdoftheValley.com; click on Quick Links and choose Valley Legacy Awards. They are also available at all Shepherd of the Valley locations. For additional information, contact Cheryl Fitzgerald at CFitzgerald@SHEPHERDOFTHEVALLEY.com.

MCCTC students open The Bistro Restaurant

The Adult Career Center students enrolled in the Culinary Restaurant Management program at MCCTC will once again open The Bistro at MCCTC for evening hours. The Bistro will be open Mondays through Thursdays from 5:30-8 p.m. through July 10. The restaurant serves as an opportunity for students in the program to gain valuable, real world experience operating a restaurant. For more information, contact the Adult Career Center at 330-729-4100.

Mastoris receives degree from Clarion University

Santina Mastoris of Poland graduated with a BS Biology degree from Clarion University May 10.

Poland Relay for Life

The 2014 Poland Relay for Life will take place at the Poland Seminary High School Stadium on July 11 and 12 starting at 6 p.m. Several changes are taking place this year. All activities, ceremonies and team fundraising tents will be stationed inside the stadium.

This new layout will create a more intimate relay and will be more convenient for the survivors, guests, families and participants. For the first time, the luminaria lighting event will feature a large projection screen, rotating the names of all luminaria honorees throughout the ceremony. This tribute is the highlight of Friday night and offers hope and support to those still finishing the fight. The Poland Relay for Life will continue to offer inspiration, great food, fun games and activities for children as well as local entertainment.

Students named to Dean’s List

Amanda Molaskey and Rebecca Mowad of Poland have been named to Capital University’s Dean’s List for the spring 2014 semester. The Dean’s List recognizes academic distinction achieved among full time, degree-seeking students. To be named to Capital’s Dean’s List students must have achieved a grade point average of at least 3.5 during the spring 2014 semester.

Puppet show

Simon B. Thistlewig, traveling showman and storyteller extraordinaire, is joined by the Madcap puppets as he tries to tell stories (“The Three Prince’s Gifts,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and “The Goblin’s Ring”) to town locals. But local peddler, Beula Bugbottom, has a different plan. Join the Poland library on July 29 at 10 a.m. for this special treat as the giant Madcap puppets make a return appearance.

Creepy crawly critters

Come to the Poland library on July 24 at 2 p.m. to hear stories about critters guaranteed to make your skin crawl. For children of all ages.

Bonding with babies and books

Caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months are invited to the Poland library on Wednesdays in July at 10 a,m. for 20 minutes of language enrichment, including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Craft event

Come to the Poland library July 14-19 during library hours to have some summer fun and make a special craft. For children of all ages.

Trim a tree

Come to the Poland library throughout July to decorate an ornament for the all-seasons tree.

Lego my library

Children ages 6 and up are invited to the Poland library on July 15 from 6-7 p.m. to create Lego designs. Legos will be provided.

Tech knowledge for all

Come to the Poland library on July 17 at 6 p.m. to learn about Augmented Reality (AR) apps and how you can use them for education, fun, and business. Every age, from toddler through adults, can use AR. Recommended for attendees to bring whatever iOS or Android devices they have for hands-on practice with AR. Register by calling 330-744-8636 or online at www.libraryvisit.org/programs.

Science camp

Children in grades 3-6 are invited to join the Poland library on July 7-11 at 2 p.m. each day for science demonstrations and hands-on science fun. Be prepared to get messy. Children who sign up are encouraged to attend each day as some activities may carry over from day to day. Each day’s session will last about an hour. Space is limited and registration is required. Stop in the library or call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Poland library to register.

Teen Advisory Board meeting

Come to the Poland library on July 30 at 6:30 p.m. and be a founding member of the Teen Advisory Board. Help plan and support teen activities at the library. Snacks will be provided. For teens in grades 7-12.

Ohio spirits

Join Jim Kleefeld at the Poland library on July 10 at 7 p.m. and hear captivating spooky stories, witness unexplainable phenomena and handle ghostly artifacts.

Blood pressure screening

The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross will be having a blood pressure screening on July 22 from 1-4 p.m. at the Poland library.

Get connected with digital media

Come to the Poland library July 21 from 6-7 p.m. to learn how to download free eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, music, complete issues of magazines and more to your computer and mobile devices. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Poland branch to register.

Farm to You

Members of Grow Youngstown’s Farm to You program are invited to pick up their shares of locally-grown produce each Tuesday at the Poland library from 5-6 p.m. For more information, visit www.growyoungstown.org.

History Buff book club

The History Buff Book Club will meet in the Poland library caf July 16 at 10 a.m. All history book lovers are welcome to attend. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Summer Garden Party

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens on July 25 at 6:30 p.m. for the annual Summer Garden Party. Gather your friends for an elegant summer evening in the heart of the gardens and enjoy cocktails, a fresh, seasonal menu and musical entertainment. Proceeds from this event benefit Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens in support of their mission to promote, preserve and improve the gardens. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for tickets. The cost is $75; reserved seating is $125.

Live at the Morley

Come to the Judge Leo P. Morley Pavilion on July 9, 16 and 30 from 7-8:30 p.m. for free, family-friendly concerts on the lawn. On July 9, Blue Lunch will play; on July 16, Amanda Jones and the Family Band will play; and on July 30, J.D. Eicher and the Goodnights will play.

Sunfest

Come to the Wick Recreation Area at Mill Creek Park on July 27 for the all day Sunfest event. From 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. there will be the Closest to the Pin activity with a $5 fee, from 9-11 a.m. there will be a bicycle decorating event on the Morley lawn for a $2 fee, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. there will be a robotics display from the N.E. Ohio FIRST Robotics Alliance, at 11 a.m. there will be a bicycle parade, from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. there will be an easy one mile hike, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. there will be children’s crafts and family fun for a $2 fee, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. there will be free children’s activities and games, from 12-1 p.m. there will be a free zumba session on the Morley stage, from 1-4 p.m. there will be a sand sculpture contenst with an $8 fee if registered, a $10 if unregistered. Register and pay by July 26 at Ford Nature Center. From 4-7 p.m. there will be a car show featuring the Mahoning Valley Olde Car Club. Live! At the Morley Concert Series will also be taking place. At 5 p.m. the Teddy Pantelas Trio will play and at 6:45 p.m. Rudy and the Professionals will play.

Dragonfly hike

Come to the Mill Creek Wildlife Sanctuary on July 13 from 1-3 p.m. to explore dragonflies. Wear boots. Moderate one mile hike. Register at Ford Nature Center by July 12.

Butterfly hike

Come to the Mill Creek Wildlife Sanctuary on July 20 from 1-3 p.m. to explore butterflies and moths. Moderate one mile hike. Wear boots. Register at Ford Nature Center by July 19.

Volunteer-led hikes

Come to Ford Nature Center on July 6 at 2 p.m. for a moderate two mile hike, come to Ford Nature Center on July 9 at 9 a.m. for a moderate two or four mile hike, come to the overflow parking lot on West Golf Drive on July 15 at 6 p.m. for an easy one or three mile walk, come to the Bikeway Trailhead on Kirk Road on July 23 at 9 a.m. for an easy two or four mile hike, come to the WRA kiosk on July 27 at 11 a.m. for an easy one mile walk, and come to the Bikeway trailhead on July 29 at 6 p.m. for an easy two or four mile walk.

Pedals and a play date

Bring your children ages 4-8 to MetroParks Farm and bikeway on July 12 from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. to take a bike ride and have a picnic with new friends. Bring bikes, helmets and packed lunches. Register by July 11 at Ford Nature Center.

National Ice Cream Day

Come to MetroParks Farm on July 20 from 1-4 p.m. to make ice cream in a bag. Supplies will be provided. $2 registered; $3 not registered.

Boats rides

Come to Lake Glacier Boathouse on July 24 and 31 from 12-12:20 p.m. or 12:30-12:50 p.m. to explore nature and history aboard the Lake Glacier passenger boat on a 20 minute tour. Call Ford Nature Center ofr more information. $1.50 registered, $2.50 not registered.

Family garden Fridays

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens Fridays through Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. to watch as the garden grows with characters and plants from Alice in Wonderland.

Flower faeries

Bring your children ages three to five to Fellows Riverside Gardens on July 12 from 10-11 a.m. to discover why faeries love flowers so much. Enjoy a flower faerie craft, story and snack. The cost is $5.

Walk through the Wetlands

Come to the Newport Wetlands Boardwalk on July 12 from 10-10:45 a.m. to enjoy a short guided walk designed for strollers through the Newport Wetlands. Call Ford Nature Center for more information.

Hummus happenings

Children ages 6-11 are invited to Fellows Riverside Gardens July 12 from 12:30-2 p.m. to create hummus with herbs and veggies, enjoy a snack and even take some home. The cost is $10.

Salsa fiesta

Children ages 12-17 are invited to Fellows Riverside Gardens on July 12 from 3–4:30 p.m. to learn how to harvest, prepare, and make salsa fresh from the garden. The cost is $10.

Lightning bug night

Come to the Ford Nature Center on July 18 from 8-9:30 p.m. to enjoy glowing crafts, a story and catch lightning bugs. Register by July 16. The cost is $5 registered, $7 notregistered. There will be a $1 charge for s’mores by the campfire. Additional fees after deadline.

Gardening basics

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens on July 9 from 6:30-8 p.m. to discover important natives that you should include in your landscape and why. The cost is $10; FFRG member $8.

Flowering plants

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens on July 22 from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. to learn the basics of botany and patterns of plant families. The cost is $16; FFRG member $12.

Struthers concert series

Come to Yellow Creek Park July 10 at 7 p.m. to hear The Mahoning Valley Button Box Club. Lawn seating.

Highballs and hydrangeas

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens on July 15 from 5-7 p.m. to learn how the highball evolved, the types of whiskeys used and taste a sample or two. Cash bar. The cost is $10; FFRG member $8.

Explore at Ford Nature Center

Children ages 10-12 are invited to Ford Nature Center July 8-10 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. to investigate nature, wade in a creek, tour Lanterman’s Mill, go for a scavenger hunt, play games and more. Register/pay by June 30. The cost is $60 R, $70 NR.

Explore at Ford Nature CenterÔÅ¥

Children ages 7-9 are invited to Ford Nature Center on July 15-17 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. to hike, play games, make crafts, have scavenger hunts and more. Register/pay by July 8. The cost is $60 registered, $70 not registered.

Batting clinicÔÅ¥

Children ages 7-16 are invited to Wick Recreation Area July 19 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. to focus on improving hitting mechanics with Coach Craig Antush of YSU. Spaces are limited. Register/pay by July 15 at Ford Nature Center. The cost is $20 registered, $25 not registered.

Barnyard camp

Children ages 5-6 are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animal and a lunch to MetroParks Farm on July 21 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Have a snack, make a craft and play games. Register/pay by July 14. The cost is $25 registered, $30 not registered.

Archery camp

Come to MetroParks Farm July 21-25 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to receive basic lessons from 4-H instructors. Equipment provided. Register/pay by July 14. The fee is $40 registered, $50 not registered.

British soccer camp

Come to the Wick Recreation Area July 28 - Aug. 1 for a British soccer camp. Times and prices vary by age group. There will be high-level coaching from international experts. Register online at www.challengersports.com.

Traveling naturalist

Come to the Lily Pond on July 6 from 1-3 p.m. to chat with a naturalist about the pond’s wildlife and its upcoming improvements. Call Ford Nature Center for more information.

Midsummer’s hike

Come to Lanterman’s Mill parking lot on July 13 at 10 a.m. and hike the scenic Gorge with your canine friends. Moderate, 2 miles. Call Ford Nature Center for more information.

Self-defense clinicÔÅ¥

Come to the Morley Stage at the Wick Recreation Area July 18 from 6–8 p.m. for an interactive and informative two-hour clinic. Register at Ford Nature Center by July 17. $2 registered, $3 not reigstered.

Insectopedia

Come to Ford Nature Center July 19 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss Hugh Raffles’ work about the millions of insects that share the planet.

Understanding aggression

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens on July 20 at 10 a.m. for a presentation on understanding aggression by The Learning Dog. Leave your dog at home. Call Ford Nature Center to register. Members free; not-yet-members, $5.

Kayak trips

Meet at East Newport Boat Launch July 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. for kayak trips. All skill levels invited. Single kayaks and a tandem are available. Register/pay at Ford Nature Center two days in advance. Additional fees after deadline. $12 registered; $15 not registered; second person in tandem 1/2 price.

Thunder moonÔÅ¥

Meet at East Newport Boat Launch on July 11 from 8-10 p.m. to kayak, This is not for first-time kayakers or anyone under 18. Single kayaks and a tandem available. Register/pay at Ford Nature Center by July 9. Additional fees after deadline. $12 registered; $15 not registered; second person in tandem 1/2 price.

BYOK trip

Bring your own kayak to East Newport Boat Launch on July 19 from 8:30-10:30 p.m. for an evening on the water. This is not for first-time kayakers or anyone under 18. Register at Ford Nature Center by July 19. Free.

Amber waves of grain

Come to MetroParks Farm on July 6 from 1-4 p.m. to enjoy a guided tractor wagon ride as wheat harvest season approaches. There will be grain grinding demonstrations. The wagon leaves approximately every 1/2 hour.

Summer family farm tours

Come to MetroParks Farm Tuesdays in July from 10-11:15 a.m. to take a guided tour of the farm, including tractor-wagon rides, a visit to the barns and playroom time.

Botanical dinners

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens July 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 6-8 p.m. to enjoy a dining experience overlooking Lake Glacier while learning about the featured plant of the evening. Call 330-740-7074 for reservations/pricing.

Fruit beverage sampler

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens July 16 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to imbibe the fruits of summer and learn to prepare them for summer enjoyment and entertaining. The cost is $24; FFRG member $20.

Fermenting pickles

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens on July 20 from 2-3:30 p.m. to learn how to turn fresh cucumbers into dill pickles. The cost is $16; FFRG member $12.

Pesto and tomato feast

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens July 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to learn the fine points for making pesto and enjoy samples. The cost is $28; FFRG member $24.

Birding the sanctuary

Come to the Mill Creek Wildlife Sanctuary on July 19 from 8-9:30 p.m. and search for birds with Jeff Harvey of Wild Birds Unlimited. Wear boots. Register at Ford Nature Center by July 18.

Zumba at the Morley

Come to the Morley stage in the Wick Recreation Area Tuesdays in July from 10-11 a.m. and Thursdays in July from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for outdoor zumba. Call the Ford Nature Center for more information. Purchase

token before class at Par 3 building. The cost is $7 per class.

Yoga in the gardens

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens Tuesdays and Thursdays in July from 9:30-11 a.m. and 5:30–7 p.m. for yoga in the gardens. Bring a mat and blanket. The cost is$10 per class.

T’ai chi in the gardens

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens Wednesdays in July from 12-1 p.m. for warm-ups, breathing exercises and movements that will ease stress, improve health and increase vitality. The cost is $10 per class.

Pilates basics

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens Wednesdays in July from 6:30-7:30 p.m. to work on toning, shaping, core strength and alignment. Bring a mat and water. The cost is $10 per class.

Drums alive at the Morley

Come to the Morley Stage in the Wick Recreation Area Thursdays in July from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. to experience using the rhythm of drumming and the movements of aerobic dance. Call Ford Nature Center for more information. Purchase token before class at Par 3 building. The cost is $7 per class.

Yoga basics

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens Sundays in July from 8-9:15 a.m. to learn the basics of yoga and release mental and physical tensions. Bring a mat and small blanket. The cost is $10 per class.

Cultivate the garden of the mind

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens July 13 from 9:30–11:30 a.m. to learn mindfulness practices for letting go of tension and anxiety. The cost is $24; FFRG member $20.

Botanical vinegars

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens July 17 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to make two different vinegars and sample a fresh garden salad. The cost is $24; FFRG member $20.

Cooking with essential oils

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens on July 19 from 10:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. to explore ways to bring the benefits of essential oils into your kitchen. The cost is $24; FFRG member $20.

Continue healing within

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens July 23 from 6-8 p.m. to take another look at various healing modalities to life’s stressors. The cost is $24; FFRG member $20.

Chakra investigation

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens on July 27 from 9:30 –11:30 a.m. to take a fresh look at yourself by learning about chakras. The cost is $24; FFRG member $20.

Junior golf clinics

Come to the Mill Creek Golf Course on July 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 11 a.m. for one hour of range time. On-course play to follow. The cost is $20.

Adult golf clinics

Come to the Mill Creek Golf Course Wednesdays in July at 6 p.m. for the Get Golf Ready player development program. The cost is $25 for one session, $45 for two sessions or $60 for three sessions.

Garden bells

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens July 10 from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. to create garden bells made from terra cotta pots with Deborah Verzilli. The cost is $24; FFRG member $20.

Plein air painting

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens July 15, 22, 31, or Aug. 7 from 6-9 p.m. to chase the light with local artist Christopher Leeper. Use watercolors and be inspired by the garden muse. The cost is $24; FFRG member $20.

A loose knit group

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens on July 18 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. to help create blankets for organizations that give to those in need.

Glass fusing

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens on July 29 from 5:30 7 p.m. to create two fused glass pendants. Fired and ready for pick up in approximately four weeks. The cost is $39; FFRG member $30.

Trolley tours

Board at Ford Nature Center on July 6, 15 and 20 from 2-3:30 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m. to explore, experience and enjoy a guided 1 1/2 hour tour of Mill Creek MetroParks. Register/pay at Ford Nature Center. The cost is $5 R, $7 NR; 12 and under or 60 and over are $3 R, $5 NR.

Years of history

Board at Ford Nature Center on July 18 from 1-4 p.m. to learn about 663 years of history at the four oldest locations. Register by July 9 online or at Ford Nature Center. The cost is $10 R, $12 NR; 12 and under and 60 and over are $7 R, $10 NR.

Chasing the Light exhibit

Come to the Weller Gallery at Fellows Riverside Gardens June 13 through Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. to see the work of Christopher Leeper. Leeper is a realist painter and local artist who works in various mediums.

Through the Lens exhibit

Come to the Melnick Museum at Fellows Riverside Gardens through Dec. 2014 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. to see a display of rare glass negatives and acetate film negatives produced by two local photographers which chronicle scenes of Mill Creek Park from 1907-1926.

Youngstown Steel

Come to the Outdoor Gallery at Fellows Riverside Gardens through Fall of 2014 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. to see the steel sculptures by artist Tony Armeni, which celebrate Youngstown’s spirit of invention.

Fitch class of 1959 reunion

The Austintown Fitch Class of 1959 will host its 55th class reunion on Aug. 1-3. On Aug. 1 at 7 p.m., there will be a social meet and greet at the home of Ralph Roberts, located at 931 Kirwan Dr. in Austintown; on Aug. 2 at 6 p.m., there will be a four entree buffet dinner at A La Carte Catering, located at 429 Lisbon St. in Canfield. Social hour will be from 6-7 p.m. The cost is $25 per person. There will be a class picture at 6:20 p.m. and will cost $11, payable that evening; and on Aug. 3 at 9:30 a.m., there will be a breakfast buffet at the Saxon Club Lower Lounge, located at 710 S. Meridian Road in Youngstown. The cost is $10 per person. Classmates who haven’t responded to mailings or emails, or who haven’t been contacted should contact Bernie Layshock Zets at 330-799-5849 or walker0621@aol.com by July 1.

Poland Forest photo contest

The Friends of Poland Forest are having its second annual photography competition and exhibition The Beauty of the Woods. Photos must be taken within Poland Municipal Forest and must focus on nature. Contest rules and entry forms are available in The Caf at Wittenauer’s, Poland Village Hall, in the kiosks at the Forest’s entrances and at various Poland businesses. The entry fee is $10 per person for up to two entries. The contest is for amateurs in three age divisions; children 12 and under, teenagers 13-19, and adults 20 and older. Awards will be given to the top photo in each division, plus one Best in Show. Winners in each age group will receive a $25 gift certificate from YM Camera or The Photo Place. The Best in Show will receive an additional $25 gift certificate and a gift certificate for framing from Frameworks. All entrants will receive a one year membership in the Friends of Poland Forest. Matted prints will be accepted from Aug. 2-10 at The Caf at Wittenauer’s, located at 122 S. Main Street, and will be displayed in The Gallery at Wittenauer’s from Sept. 5-21. Awards will be presented Sept. 7 at 2 p.m. Gordon Longmuir, president of the organization, said that the purpose of the contest is to spotlight one of Poland Village’s greatest treasures and promote membership in the Friends of Poland Forest. Email photocontest@wittenauers.com for more information.

Poland Historical Society to host summer events

The Poland Historical Society will host an open house at the Little Red Schoolhouse the second Sunday of June, July and August from 1-3 p.m. On June 15 at 1:15 p.m. the Model T Car Club will visit the Little Red Schoolhouse on their way to a picnic in Lowellville. The public will have about an hour to see the Model T cars on display. On June 17 at 6:30 p.m. there will be a regular business meeting (no program) at the Little Red Schoolhouse. On June 29 the public is invited to visit the Historical Society’s display tent at Celebrate Poland. Also, walking tours through Poland Village to see historical homes and businesses will be provided by the Historical Society. Time and details will be provided at a later date. On July 13 from 1-3 p.m. there will be an open house at Little Red Schoolhouse. On July 15 at 6:30 p.m. there will be a regular business meeting (no program) at the Little Red Schoolhouse. On Aug. 10 from 1-3 p.m. there will be an open house at Little Red Schoolhouse. On Aug. 19 at 6:30 p.m. there will be a regular business meeting (no program) at the Little Red Schoolhouse.

Farm to You

Members of Grow Youngstown’s Farm to You program are invited to the Poland library Tuesdays from 5-6 p.m. to pick up their share of locally-grown produce beginning June 3. For more information, visit www.growyoungstown.org.

Oh Wow! to close on Mondays

Starting on Memorial Day (May 26), OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology will be closed on Mondays. Summer hours remain in effect through Labor Day, (Sept. 1).

Fizz, Boom, Read!

Summer reading starts June 1 at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. There will be special presenters, authors, prizes and surprises for participants and a chance to meet an author. Go to libraryvisit.org/summerreading or visit a PLYMC library near you to register. Fizz, Boom, Read! is summer reading with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) theme. Children receive a coupon for a free ice cream cone from Dairy Queen and a Mahoning Valley Scrappers Game voucher just for signing up. For the first four hours read, children receive a paperback book while supplies last.

For the first eight hours read, children receive a beach ball (birth to age 8) or a light up yo-yo (ages 9-11). Children ages three and up will also get one free admission ticket to OH WOW! The Roger and Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science and Technology. For the first 12 hours read, children earn a chance to win a $25 gift card to Toys‘R’Us (birth to age 8). Children ages 9-11 earn a chance to win an iPod shuffle. Children who read 30 hours will receive a special invitation to meet Jennifer Holm, author of “Babymouse” and “Squish,” when she visits in August.

Family garden Fridays

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens each Friday starting May 9 until Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. to take part in activities in the family garden. Watch as the garden grows with characters from Alice in Wonderland and Wonderland-like plants. Learn about garden creatures, tools and how to care for a garden. Take part in making garden treats, listening to stories, children’s yoga and adventuring with Alice and her friends. This event is free to all.

True beauty

Girls ages 10-14 are invited to Ford Nature Center and Fellows Riverside Gardens June 30 and July 2 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. to learn about true beauty. This empowering summer camp uses journaling and inspirational women to lead girls in discovering their own inner beauty. Girls will have the chance to learn, create and grow though zumba, gardening, self-defense, yoga, meditation, making lip balm, facial scrubs and friendship bracelets. Call 330-740-7107 to register. The fee is $120 R, $135 NR.

Chasing the Light exhibit

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens in the Weller Gallery June 13 through Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. to see Christopher Leeper, a realist painter and local artist who works in various mediums.

Through the Lens

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens in the Melnick Museuem through December 2014 for the Through the Lens exhibit. This exhibit displays a rare collection of glass negatives and acetate film negatives produced by two local photographers which chronicle scenes of Mill Creek Park from 1907-1926. Several portrait negatives of the period will also be on display.

Class of 1984 reunion

The Austintown Fitch Class of 1984 30-year Class Reunion will take place on July 12 from 7-11 p.m. at the Maronite Center, located at 1555 S. Meridian Road in Youngstown. Tickets are $40 per person and can be reserved by sending payment to Austintown Fitch Class of 84 Class Reunion, PO Box 1071, Perrysburg, Ohio 43552-1071. If you have any questions or comments, email eileenriffer@bex.net.

The Ursuline Center announces 2014 guided labyrinth walks

The Ursuline Center, located at 4280 Shields Road, will begin its 2014 guided labyrinth walk season April 27 (weather permitting) with a short presentation on the Spirituality of Labyrinths at 2 p.m. in the center and a guided walk immediately following. This year the center is offering a series of themed walks. On July 15 at 6:30 p.m., the walk will be “On the Path to Growing,” on Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m., the walk will be “On the Path to Accepting,” on Sept. 16, 6:30 p.m., the walk will be “On the Path to Peace” and on Oct. 12 at 2 p.m., the walk will be “On the Path to Awareness” (presentation on Spirituality of Labyrinths in the center).

All people of faith are invited to attend, whether they are new to or experienced with walking a labyrinth. Walking the labyrinth usually takes about 20 minutes. People wishing to experience the Labyrinth but unable to make one of the guided walks can come anytime at their own convenience. There are printed guides that give suggestions for following the path provided at the Labyrinth’s entrance, but there is no right or wrong way to experience the sacred walk. People can use the labyrinth in any way they need. The Ursuline Center Labyrinth is a ministry of the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown and open year-round from dawn to dusk for all persons of faith. There is no cost to use the Labyrinth, which is handicapped-accessible and offers ample parking. To learn more about the Ursuline Center Labyrinth, call Eileen W. Novotny, Ursuline Associate, at 330-533-3831.

Gamblers Anonymous to meet

Gamblers Anonymous, a 12-Step fellowship of compulsive gamblers who want to recover from their gambling addictions, will meet twice this week in the Youngstown-Warren area. A GA meeting is offered every Friday at Westminster Church, located at 119 Stadium Drive in Boardman and another is offered every Sunday at Christ Church Presbyterian, located at 3425 Hopkins Road in Cornersburg. Both meetings begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. and last about 1-1/2 hours. Those who believe gambling has affected any part of their lives are urged to attend. For more information, call 330-505-5060.

Banding the baby falcons

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife hopes to have newly hatched peregrine falcons to band and the public is invited to watch. If you would like to attend this special activity, which will take place downtown on a week day, Ford Nature Center will keep a contact list. As soon as ODNR-DOW gives the details, you will be contacted with the date and time.

Through the Lens exhibit

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens in the Melnick Museum through December 2014 for the “Through the Lens” exhibit. The exhibit displays a rare collection of glass negatives and acetate film negatives produced by two local photographers which chronicle scenes of Mill Creek Park from 1907-1926. Several portrait negatives of the period also on display.

Nicotine Anonymous to meet on Wednesdays

Nicotine Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals from every walk of life who meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Wickliffe Presbyterian Church, located at 45 Idlewood Road in Austintown, to solve their common problem - an addiction to nicotine. The group is based on the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and the only requirement to join is a desire to stop using nicotine. There is no cost to attend, but a freewill collection will be taken at some meetings to offset the costs of meeting expenses. For more information on Nicotine Anonymous, call Tom at 330-717-2183.

For addition support in quitting your nicotine addiction, call HMHP Regional Treatment Center at 330-306-5010 of the Ohio Guit Line at 1-800-784-8669.

Marge Hartman’s Paws Town at Boardman Park

Boardman Twp. Park and Marge Hartman’s Paws Town, a volunteer -non-profit organization, have partnered to create Boardman’s first dog park. Thanks to a large gift from the Marge Hartman Foundation, and the fund raising efforts of Paws Town, INC. organization, the Marge Hartman’s Paws Town Dog Park is open and accepting membership applications. Memberships will be good for one year from April 1 until March 31, 2015. Membership fees will not be prorated. Memberships for Boardman residents will be $40 for one dog and $10 for each additional dog. Non-Boardman resident fee will be $65 for one dog and $10 for each additional dog. Membership packets may be picked up at the Boardman Park Office, in the outdoor literature boxes at the Dog Park, or online at boardmanpark.com. Beginning April 1, everyone using Paws Town Dog Park must have a membership in order to ensure that all dogs are healthy and vaccinated. New members will be given a code to enter the dog park and they will also be issued a badge to wear.

Short term host family opportunities available through 4-H

Mahoning, Columbiana, Portage, and Trumbull County families will have the opportunity to welcome a young person from Japan into their home for one month this year, as part of an international exchange program being offered by the County OSU Extension, 4-H. Statewide, host families are needed for 100 Japanese youngsters (aged 12-18) and their adult chaperones, who will visit Ohio from July 23 through Aug. 18.

Host families provide the exchangees with room and board and a chance to experience daily life in America. Families are urged not to alter their daily routines or lifestyles during their visitor’s stay. Exchangees provide their own spending money, and the sponsoring organization furnishes comprehensive medical insurance.

All types of families are welcome to apply to become hosts, including urban, rural, single-parent, childless, and non-4-H families. The only requirements are that for the Japanese month-long exchange, hosts must have a family member of the same gender and approximate age of the exchangee, three meals a day, and a separate bed for the visitor. Those interested should contact Gretchen Kalinay at 330-799-8407 or Gary Reel at 330-533-7712 for an application form and more information about this and other 4-H international exchange programs.

More information and an application can be found at the website www.ohio4h.org/youth/international.


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